The trail waits in anticipation, the woods are quiet, then WHOOSH! The sound of tires pierces the silence. Big wheels roll over the roots, wide tires rip through berms and 120mm of travel tames the rocks. The 29er has grown up from its XC roots with Trek's Stache 7. Trek loaded the aluminum frame with all the marks of a fully capable trail bike: G2 trail geometry, E2 tapered head tube, ISCG05 mounts, dropper-post routing and a 142x12mm rear end. That rear end is enhanced by short chainstays that make this 29er rail twists and turns like it was its job. Which it is. The specs are just as legit with Race Face cranks powering SRAM 2x10 gearing with a clutch rear derailleur that virtually eliminates chain slap and drops. Ladies and gentlemen, the hardtail is officially back!